Round three of the Inner City Cup
DYLAN WALZ, 14, said a step up in match intensity has been beneficial in his development as a soccer player.
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And that is why he made the switch to the CQ Mariners, but won't forget the club that established a promising pathway.
"I played for Central which was my original club where I played for seven years," defender Dylan said.
After a one-year stint with Clinton, Dylan made the move to the CQ Mariners last year and has relished in the raise in intensity.
"Now we train three times a week, but I can be committed to five days a week if I had too," Dylan said.
He will play a key role for the Mariners' under 14 side which takes on Bundaberg in round three of the Inner City Cup competition on Sunday.
"I haven't played a game in a month and it will be good to get back into it," Dylan added.
The defender likes to take the game on and will be using that strategy in Sunday's stoushes against Bundy in the early game followed by Fraser Coast from 2.30pm.
A keen follower of the Brisbane Roar in the A League and Manchester United in the English Premier League, Dylan's father Michael also played representative soccer when he was a teenager.
"Dad has been teaching me since I was in the under nine's and he told me how not to play off side and how to defend," Dylan explained.
He also played for Queensland Country last September in a championship in Coffs Harbour and admitted competition was tough against Australia's best young talent.
Under 12 CQ Mariner Max Anderson's idols Manuel Neuer and Tim Howard have inspired him to develop the craft of goalkeeping.
Max considers himself a leader and rallies his fellow defenders in the heat of battle.
"I get passionate and I lead for my defenders and get vocal," he said. "I enjoy the diving and get a real high when I save a goal."